QUETTA – At least nine missing persons belonging to different parts of Balochistan have reached home in past three days.

Nasrullah Baloch, chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a local organisation struggling for safe recovery of missing persons and forced disappearances, confirmed that four missing persons have reached their homes during the last three days.

Talking to The Nation, he said that they had the information that nine Baloch persons were released but they could confirm release of only four persons so far. He told that the released persons are: Muhammad, son of Haji Gul Jan, resident of Mand of Kachh district; Muhammad Haneef Baloch, resident of Mand; Majid Baloch of Buleda; and Ali Bohar alias Ali Baba, resident of coastal town of Pasni.

He said that Ali Baba was picked up along with other persons including BSO-Azada leader Ilyas Nazar who was later killed and his bullet-riddled body was found last year from Murgha, near Turbat.

Mr Nasurllah said he was in contact with the relatives of all missing persons and alleged that the recovered persons were abducted by government functionaries and security forces from their hometowns. He accused security forces of killing opponent Baloch political activists after their kidnap and dumping their bodies.

Saying that hundreds of people were still missing, he demanded the government and judiciary take action against security officials involved in ‘extrajudicial killings’. “Over 300 bodies have been found dumped in different parts of Balochistan. There must be strict action against the officials involved in these brutal killings,” he said, adding that all the relatives want is justice.

He called for the release of all the missing persons. “We will not be satisfied until and unless all the Baloch missing persons are released,” Nasrullah Baloch said, adding that the relatives of those missing would continue their protest until the safe recovery of all of their loved ones.

VBMP also called upon international humanitarian organisations to take notice of forced disappearances and recovery of mutilated and bullet-riddled bodies in Balochistan. According to the organisation, over 8,000 Baloch people had been listed as missing during the past couple of years and the VBMP had complete details of 1,500 missing persons.

Political observers in Balochistan have welcomed the safe recovery of the four missing persons and said such moves on the part of government will pave a way to improve the situation and will build up trust of the people.